The as yet untitled “Star Trek 4” could break barriers in the blockbuster film industry with insiders revealing female director, S.J. Clarkson is slated to helm the iconic TV and film franchise. News of the rumored directing gig for Clarkson comes as more positive noises were heard regarding the chances of director Quentin Tarantino creating a stand-alone “Star Trek” movie which has yet to be given an official release schedule.
The arrival of S.J. Clarkson has been praised by most movie industry insiders who believe her work with some of the top TV franchises in the world could stand her in good stead for her role as the first female director of a “Star Trek” movie, according to the Variety. Despite the fact the arrival of S.J. Clarkson as the director of the latest science fiction installment of the franchose has become something of an open secret Paramount Pictures has yet to make any comment on who will officialy take charge of the J.J. Abrams produced movie.
Fans had been hoping for news of the Tarantino planned project but were instead given the news two new movies in the franchise are currently being planned, one of which is thought to be Tarantino’s stand-alone project. Rumors of the content of the latest installment in the “Star Trek” franchise include a return for Chris Hemsworth as the father of Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk who would come face to face with his son in a time travel-based plot.
Many industry insiders believe the move of S.J. Clarkson to the movie industry big time has been earned with a large amount of work already being completed on some of the world’s biggest TV shows including “Dexter”, “Heroes”, and “Orange is the New Black”. While welcoming the rumors of the arrival of “Star Trek’s” first female director, “Den of Geek” editor Simon Brew also stated his sadness that announcing a female director of a major Hollywood blockbuster franchise was something of a sad day as it had taken until 2018 for a woman to reach this creative pinnacle.
Simon Pegg has gone on to say that the likelihood of Quentin Tarantino directing a Star Trek movie is actually rather low. Come to think of it, it does seem like a really far fetched deal for a director like Quentin Tarantino to direct a Star Trek movie. For one thing, his current movie, which is centered on the Manson murders is his 9th movie. This would make Star Trek his tenth movie. Quentin Tarantino has been reported as saying that he only plans to do ten movies. Star Trek would be a curious direction for his tenth and final movie.
One thing that can be said about Quentin Tarantino is that he is going to want to finish his film career off with a bang. Another thing that should be considered is that Quentin didn’t specifically say that he is going to completely stop making films when he finishes his tenth film. He might merely slow down on his filmography. One thing he might do is take an approach that is similar to what James Cameron is doing and releasing a film whenever inspiration, or in Cameron’s case, technology, allows for it. One thing that Quentin Tarantino has constantly talked about is when directors lose their touch.
One thing Quentin Tarantino does not want to do is be that director who is making films long after he has lost his touch. Examples of directors that some would say have lost their touch is Ridley Scott. However, he is known as someone who was more of a hit and miss director even in his prime. Even movies like Blade Runner have not been successes when they were first released. His major initial successes can actually be counted on one hand. Many directors who have made great films continued to do so until they have passed on. As for what Tarantino is planning on doing after he has put down the camera, he has mentioned writing novels among other things he could do. If he does make a Star Trek movie, he has mentioned that he might do an extra film.
For the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest franchises of all time old fans and new fans alike are being reminded of how devoted the casts and crews of Star Trek have been to inclusiveness. From the very beginning in 1966, The Original Series pushed boundaries to the limit by having an extremely diverse cast. With Black, White, Asian, Russian, and Scottish cast members, the series depicted a future society blind to race. In fact, Star Trek: The Original Series boasts the first televised interracial kiss, between Lieutenant Uhura and Captain Kirk.
Fortunately, the newest movies in the franchise have devoted a lot of effort to keeping consistent with the values of The Original Series. Fans could almost see it coming when it was revealed on July 7th that one of the main characters, Hikaru Sulu, is gay. However, Takei’s reaction was not what was expected. Although proud that Star Trek is willing to display an openly gay character without flamboyant stereotypes, he is disappointed because Sulu in the original series was not gay. Although this newfound depth into Sulu’s new character may be a distortion of Gene Roddenberry’s original character, the Star Trek franchise should be applauded for continually maintaining the standard to “boldly go where no one has gone before.”
Paramount Pictures recently released a trailer in advance of the premier of Star Trek Beyond (2016), a film scheduled to reach theaters in July. The latest film represents a continuation of a series of science fiction adventure movies based on an alternative reality version of the Star Trek series. Producer Gene Roddenberry created the original series, which gained a large fan base after it reached television in the late 1960s. The TV show aired for many years in syndication and eventually reached a global audience.
Actor Chris Pine plays Captain James T. Kirk in the films set in an alternate timeline. He has appeared in previous sequels, and has also acted in numerous other film and television productions. Some of his other recent films include a supporting role in Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), a comedy about a terrible workplace, and the lead in the action-adventure film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014). Recently, he made a celebrity appearance at the centennial of the Indy 500 race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana on May 29th and lowered the flag to start the event.
The latest adventure of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise will reportedly focus upon exploring the characters of the crew in greater depth as they struggle to escape from an alien planet. The franchise killed off Captain Kirk’s mentor (played by Bruce Greenwood) during the latest sequel, but many other regular characters in the alternative timeline version will return.